Used Car Prices are Plummeting

The volume of lease returns is expected to increase by around nine percent in 2017, J.D. Power estimated. That means dealers will be flooded with clean late model vehicles in good condition. If this prophecy comes true, it’ll cut the value of trade-ins by around nine percent.

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Why did Tencent buy 5% of Tesla?

The Tencent deal is a pretty shrewd stratagem that once again shows Elon Musk is a far better business man than he is usually given credit for. It also shows that Tesla and its technologies; battery storage, electric cars, self-driving vehicles and solar panel may have a bright future ahead.

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Should Investors Stay away from GM?

General Motors has not made money off vehicle sales in Europe since the 20th Century; an analysis by Karain indicates, yet it waited until March 5 to sell its European Division. That division includes two storied brands Germany’s Opel and Britain’s Vauxhall, a European financing division, 11 manufacturing plants and an engineering center.

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Did Uber Hurt Rental Car Companies in 2016?

Or the car-rental companies might find themselves facing a greater nightmare. If Uber were to collapse, a major automaker might buy it and Hertz and Avis would find themselves competing directly with Ford (NYSE: F), Toyota (NYSE: TM) or even Volkswagen.

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Intel an Unlikely Value Investment in the world of Self-Driving Vehicles

Intel has formed an alliance with auto parts maker Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH); and Israeli driving-solution creator Mobileye (NYSE: MBLY), to develop a low cost operating system for autonomous vehicles, The New York Times reported. The centerpiece of the system will be Intel’s Core i7 chip.

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Will Minivans Save Fiat-Chrysler?

Minivans are more of a contrarian investment than you might think because they are the perfect vehicle for use in the ride-sharing business. A Chrysler Pacifica or Dodge City Master Pro; particularly one equipped with a diesel, electric or hybrid engine, would be the perfect Uber car. It can seat several passengers, it is stylish and there is plenty of room for luggage for the airport run.

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Ford Gambles Big on Self-Driving Cars

Okay, so Ford is a great company that is making a lot of money, but is self-driving vehicle technology a wise investment? Maybe not, even some of Ford’s executives have serious doubts about its profitability.

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FedEx and the Murky Future of Delivery

My prediction is that both of the big delivery services are on shaky ground, because two of their major customers; Walmart and Amazon want to severe that relationship. The situation is made worse by Uber; a company that has demonstrated it can quickly build a widespread transportation network with limited resources.

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Will Hyperloop and Electric Cars mean the End of the Line for Oil?

The oil industry will survive the coming of Hyperloop and electric cars; but it will look nothing like the one we have known. Instead it will be smaller and only a few companies in it will make money. Smart investors will stay out of oil for the foreseeable future, unless they are looking for something to short.

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Toyota’s Revenue Struggles

Investors would be well advised to stay away from Toyota; until it can get over its revenue struggles. My take is that Toyota could be setting up for a major fall in share price, because it cannot retain its revenue growth; despite the company’s size.

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